Mega dairies 'a threat'

MEGA DAIRY: Cows on a big dairy farm in the US.

5:00 AM  The development of mega dairies in the US is reducing the competitive advantage of NZ's low-cost farming system, a rural banker has warned.

Reaping rewards overseas

AT BIT OF BOTH: Andy Russell has been farming deer for 19 years and is in his ninth season of dairy.

5:00 AM  Farming sometimes comes down to preference for Andy Russell who has been farming deer for 19 years and is in his ninth season of dairy.

Allied's venture paying off

Allied Farmers

5:00 AM  Allied Farmers' joint venture livestock company is providing a platform for the company's future growth, shareholders have been told.

A pure and simple way to win

IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE: Kenneth and Rachel Short are the Taranaki regional winners of the 2014 Dairy Business of the Year.

5:00 AM  Feeding their dairy cows entirely on grass is proving to be a winning strategy for a young Taranaki couple.

Farm fails, $1.28m owing

Fonterra, dairy farm in South Waikato

Creditors are more than $1 million out of pocket after a farm went under owing $7m because of a lack of investment from its owners.

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opinion

Farm cadet scheme needed

Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: The conversation around agri-education has stepped up a gear.

The end of the line

There are few absolutes in modern marketing, but when you hear anyone starting to simplistically talk about above and below the line, It's time to walk away.

It's all about the community

More than one 'drongo'

dairy

A pure and simple way to win

IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE: Kenneth and Rachel Short are the Taranaki regional winners of the 2014 Dairy Business of the Year.

5:00 AM  Feeding their dairy cows entirely on grass is proving to be a winning strategy for a young Taranaki couple.

Trade deficit hits 6-year low

Slump in dairy exports to China pushes NZ to worse than expected $900m October trade deficit.

MEGA DAIRY: Cows on a big dairy farm in the US.

Mega dairies 'a threat'

5:00 AM  The development of mega dairies in the US is reducing the competitive advantage of NZ's low-cost farming system, a rural banker has warned.

beef

Living and loving life

Mark Fagan in the cattle yards. The cattle are so quiet they come to his call.

In the deepest darkest area of King Country, Mark Fagan has discovered and farms a slice of paradise.

Big jump in calf cull

NZ's bobby calf kill was up nearly 10 per cent this spring compared to last year.

LOOKING FOR SHELTER: A dairy cow seems to cast an anxious look skyward at an approaching storm.

Foreign investment fuels growth

OPINION: Greater transparency on overseas investment would help inform the debate around it.

Sheep

Smart feeding breeds winners

SMART FEEDERS: New Zealand Ewe Hogget winners Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht.

East Otago farmers Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht are to showcase their top ewe hoggets at a field day.

Woman key in sheep slaughter

Key figure in the slaughter, theft of 16 sheep played pokies while three friends did the dirty work.

HIGH ON A HILL: John and Callum Paterson of Ida Valley Station in Central Otago.

Rising to challenge

Rob Tipa reports on how a farming family copes with the extreme conditions of Central Otago hill country.

cropping

Cherry crop light, but bigger fruit

Claudia Crawford
picks cherries at
Cherryland on
Middle Renwick Rd
in Blenheim

Hot, sunny days and not too much rain have resulted in high quality Blenheim cherries, despite a light crop.

Weather hits asparagus growers

Asparagus grower says in his 25 years growing the spears, he has never had such a difficult year.

GROWING INSURANCE: Cyril Brownlee in his new pea and oats crop on fertile flats south of Wairoa.

Growing drought insurance

Drought insurance is one of the reasons Wairoa farmer Cyril Brownlie is trying out a pea and oats crop this season.

agribusiness

Allied's venture paying off

Allied Farmers

5:00 AM  Allied Farmers' joint venture livestock company is providing a platform for the company's future growth, shareholders have been told.

Skellerup gets OK for new factory

Skellerup's $50 million plan for a new rubber products plant was given final consents today.

AT BIT OF BOTH: Andy Russell has been farming deer for 19 years and is in his ninth season of dairy.

Reaping rewards overseas

5:00 AM  Farming sometimes comes down to preference for Andy Russell who has been farming deer for 19 years and is in his ninth season of dairy.

Discovery

'Weak as a kitten'

Marcus and Kirsty Kynoch on their Central Hawke's Bay farm with their three boys, from left, Harry, Benjamin and Oliver.

Don't just presume you have the flu ... wise words from a man whose flu turned out to be the debilitating disease leptospirosis.

'Don't sweat it out'

Central Hawke's Bay vet Richard Hilson knows only too well what it feels like to have leptospirosis.

MORE RESEARCH: A funding application is under way to do more research into the effects of leptospirosis on dairy cows, says Professor Peter Wilson of Massey University.

Disease warning

The insidious and debilitating disease leptospirosis is probably more common than we think.

rural women

Rural mum turns entrepreneur

Rural Southland woman Melanie McKenzie, a farmers wife and mother of three, in her little shop where she sells her crafts under the name The Penny Drops, at her home near Edendale.

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

$18m boost for rural women

Rural Women NZ has picked up a windfall $18m from the sale of its shares in Access Homehealth.

Sheep

Woman key in sheep slaughter

Key figure in the slaughter, theft of 16 sheep played pokies while three friends did the dirty work.

Video

Homeware hauled from habour

Chairs, a table, television and even a season of Baywatch on DVD have been fished out of Wellington harbour.

advice

Safety leadership urged

Quad bike, 4wd

Farm owners told they have to set examples for workers to follow if they are to establish a successful on-farm health and safety policy.

Succession is a serious business

Leave the sentiment out of planning the handover of a farm to a new generation, a succession planner advises.

Ready to sign

'Do your homework first'

Farmers need to know what they are taking on when signing sharemilking agreements.

aquaculture

'Story of sustainability'

FISH FINDER:  Yellow Brick Road managing director Rachel Taulelei believes consumers should be able to point to where their food was caught, how it was caught, and by who, and that producers can get the proper value for their goods in doing so.

Rachel Taulelei wants consumers to have more conversations about the seafood they are eating.

Producer chases Asian markets

A salmon producer is diversifying after a year of near-record high exchange rates.

Court generic NZ

King Salmon ordered to pay costs

Environmental groups have won a costs argument against NZ King Salmon in the Supreme Court.

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